Deaf taught rules of the road

2016-02-11 06:00
Nokuzola Letselebe, Road safety officer, interacts with the learners at Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha, on Tuesday. PHOTO: Supplied

Nokuzola Letselebe, Road safety officer, interacts with the learners at Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha, on Tuesday. PHOTO: Supplied

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The Department of Transport and Public Works ran a road safety awareness event at the Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha, on Tuesday.

Sign language interpreters were on hand to enable learners to understand what was being communicated. The children learned basic road safety awareness such as how to cross a road safety and what traffic signals mean. This is one of many road safety awareness events that will be run by provincial and local traffic authorities at schools across the Western Cape this year.

Principal Thandeka Mavuka said learners are exposed to road safety hazards every day as they walk to school. “We take what we’ve learned to heart, and the learners are looking forward to use the road safety colouring books that they received from the Department,” she said.

If your children walk to school, make sure they:

  • Always walk on the pavement or footpath or, where there is no pavement, walk facing oncoming traffic;
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street;
  • Remove headphones when crossing the street; and
  • Cross the street at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings if possible.

Comprehensive road safety education for children requires the involvement of parents, teachers and other adults in a community. Together, we can set a good example for children by consistently adhering to the rules of the road.

As a driver, you can help keep children safe by always buckling them up, by never speeding, and by making a deliberate point of slowing down whenever you notice children walking or playing in the road. Communities and individuals can also apply to their local municipality to have traffic calming measures introduced near schools such as lower speed limits, speed bumps and additional road signs.

The Department is confident that its efforts with local traffic authorities and other road safety agencies will go a long way to help reduce the risk of pedestrian injuries and deaths among children. Any parent or caregiver with any learner road safety concerns should speak to the school principal who can ask Western Cape Education Department for assistance. Our officials will gladly visit schools to run road safety programmes.

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